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Bachelor of Science in Biology
The biology program is a four-year full time course of study requiring the successful completion of 128 approved semester credits and leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology. Students in this program must maintain a minimum cumulative science GPA of 2.25. This degree is designed to equip the students in such a way that they have the wide spectrum of careers in Biology open to them.
 
Students who complete the B.S. in Biology will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
 
1. Integrate knowledge and make links among biological courses
2. Critically read, interpret, evaluate, and effectively communicate biological concepts
3. Apply, design, and implement the scientific method to biological questions and everyday problems
4. Describe a number of inconsistencies in philosophical and scientific beliefs
5. Review scientific literature and relate to specific undergraduate courses
6. Design, analyze and evaluate scientific hypotheses
7. Design, gather, and properly organize experimental data for statistical analysis
8. Construct and interpret figures, graphs, and tables that accurately depict research data
9. Demonstrate mastery of the metric system of units of measurement
10. Demonstrate proper care and appropriate use of equipment
11. Identify and appropriately use the various methods, techniques, and instrumentation needed to perform biological investigation
12. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between chemistry and biology
13. Describe the interrelationships among organic molecules
14. Describe the relationship between molecular shape and function
15. Use mathematical models to explain function at the molecular level
16. Use types of reasoning and function of variables to solve biological problems
17. Demonstrate effective use of different system units and their relationship to molecular interactions in the cell
 
Major Requirements:
BI 132 General Biology..............................................................................................4 hours
BI 204 Introduction to Research............................................................................... 1 hour
BI 230 Plant Biology...................................................................................................3 hours
BI 321 Genetics.........................................................................................................3 hours
BI 323 Undergraduate Research.............................................................................. 1 hour
BI 403 Biology Seminar............................................................................................ 1 hour
BI 430 Philosophy of Science....................................................................................2 hours
BI 460 Cell and Molecular Biology.............................................................................3 hours
BI Electives*.............................................................................................................18 hours
PH 103-104 General Physics (with laboratory)..........................................................8 hours
CH 142 General Chemistry........................................................................................4 hours
CH 311-312 Organic Chemistry I-II (with laboratory).................................................8 hours
Total........................................................................................................................56 hours
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Mathematics & Science
BI 131 General Biology and Lab................................................................................4 hours
CH 141 General Chemistry and Lab..........................................................................4 hours
MA 171 Calculus I or MA 211 Survey of Calculus.............................................. 3 or 4 hours
(MA 121, 122, or 123 may be required first)
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
*Premedical students should include BI 331 Histology, and BI 388 Developmental Biology, BI 481-482 Human Gross Anatomy as part of their biology electives; premedical students may wish to take CH 401-402 Biochemistry, and to discuss requirements for medical school with their advisors by the first semester of their junior year.
 
Bachelor of Science in Biology Education
This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The program qualifies a person to teach secondary school biology. After graduation, students may apply for the Alabama Class B Certificate: Biology, grades 7-12; and the SDA Basic Teaching Certificate: Biology, grades 7-12. Refer to the Department of Education section in this bulletin for the program outline. Program advisor: O. Otieno.
 
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences
The biomedical sciences program is a four-year, full time intensive course of study requiring the successful completion of 128 approved semester credits and leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biomedical Sciences. For continued enrollment in the program, a student must maintain a cumulative science GPA of 3.20. First-year applicants must have: 1) a SAT combined score of at least 1100, with a mathematics score of at least 500 or an ACT score of at least 23; 2) an overall grade point average of B or higher in the sciences; 3) research or outreach experience; and 4) AP and Honors courses.
 
Students who complete the B.S. in Biomedical Science will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
 
1. Integrate knowledge and make links among biological courses
2. Read, interpret, evaluate, and effectively communicate biological concepts
3. Apply, design, and implement the scientific method to biological questions and everyday problems
4. Describe a number of inconsistencies in philosophical and scientific beliefs
5. Review scientific literature and relate to specific undergraduate courses
6. Design, analyze, and evaluate scientific hypothesis.
7. Design, gather, and properly organize experimental data for statistical analysis
8. Construct and interpret figures, graphs, and tables that accurately depict research data.
9. Demonstrate mastery of the metric system of units of measurement
10. Demonstrate proper care and appropriate use of equipment
11. Identify and appropriately use the various methods, techniques, and instrumentation needed to perform biological investigation
12. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between chemistry and biology
13. Describe the interrelationships among organic molecules
14. Describe the relationship between molecular shape and function
15. Use mathematical models to explain function at the molecular level
16. Use types of reasoning and function of variables to solve biological problems
17. Demonstrate effective use of different system units and their relationship to molecular interactions in the cell
18. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific relationship between health, lifestyle behaviors, diet, and disease risk
19. Demonstrate Christian ethical and moral principles in the practice of science
 
Major Requirements:
BI 132 General Biology..............................................................................................4 hours
BI 204 Introduction to Research............................................................................... 1 hour
BI 215 Introduction to Biostatistics.............................................................................2 hours
BI 241 General Microbiology......................................................................................4 hours
BI 316 Biological Instrumentation..............................................................................2 hours
BI 321 Genetics.........................................................................................................3 hours
BI 323 Undergraduate Research.............................................................................. 1 hour
BI 388 Developmental Biology...................................................................................3 hours
BI 430 Philosophy of Science....................................................................................2 hours
BI 460 Cellular and Molecular Biology.......................................................................3 hours
BI 481-482 Human Gross Anatomy I-II......................................................................8 hours
BI Elective
Select from: BI 230 Plant Biology, BI 331 Histology, BI 422 or 423 General Physiology,
BI 455 Immunology, or BI 471 Molecular Genetics ...............................................3 hours
CH 142 General Chemistry........................................................................................4 hours
CH 311-312 Organic Chemistry I-II (with laboratory).................................................8 hours
CH 401 Biochemistry I (with laboratory)....................................................................4 hours
CH 402 Biochemistry II..............................................................................................3 hours
PE 450 Epidemiology.................................................................................................3 hours
PH 103-104 General Physics (with laboratory)..........................................................8 hours
RT 321 Christian Ethics.............................................................................................3 hours
Total........................................................................................................................69 hours
 
General Education Requirements: Students must select the following:
Mathematics & Science
BI 131 General Biology and Lab................................................................................4 hours
CH 141 General Chemistry and Lab..........................................................................4 hours
MA 171 Calculus I (MA 121, 122, or 123 may be required first)................................4 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Minor in Biology
BI 131-132 General Biology.......................................................................................8 hours
BI 230 Plant Biology...................................................................................................3 hours
BI 430 Philosophy of Science....................................................................................2 hours
BI Electives (upper division).......................................................................................6 hours
Total........................................................................................................................19 hours
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